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Interviewing for an Academic Post

Your vita has made the right impression on the search committee, and you have now been invited to interview in an academic science department of a wellnown university. An interview is a courtship between you and the department, and in this formal two-step both are looking for a serious, lasting relationship-at least until "tenure do us part" or a better offer comes along. The typical academic interview consists of three parts: meeting people; giving a seminar; and "the dinner." The whole proces

Ian Phillips
Your vita has made the right impression on the search committee, and you have now been invited to interview in an academic science department of a wellnown university. An interview is a courtship between you and the department, and in this formal two-step both are looking for a serious, lasting relationship-at least until "tenure do us part" or a better offer comes along. The typical academic interview consists of three parts: meeting people; giving a seminar; and "the dinner." The whole process is usually a blind date, but you can lay some groundwork beforehand.

Two important decisions are what to wear and how to behave. We all know that Einstein wasn't a great dresser, but wearing no jacket and no tie, for a man, or the equivalent in casual attire for a woman will indicate to many interviewers not that you are brilliant but that you simply don't care about...

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